Essay Requirements Rrcc

About the RRCC Foundation Scholarship Program

The Red Rocks Community College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to supporting Red Rocks Community College in its commitment to students, learning, and excellence. Since 1993, the Foundation Scholarship Program has aided over 3,000 students realize their dreams of going to college. The RRCC Foundation offers a wide variety of scholarships based on both need and merit. An applicant’s grades, academic and professional goals, financial need, community service, and special circumstances are all evaluated in the awarding process. A complete list of Foundation Scholarship Program Policies can be found at the bottom of this page.

How to Apply

Scholarship Applications can be found Online at RRCC.ACADEMICWORKS.COM.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I qualify for RRCC Foundation scholarship?

2018-2019 Eligibility Requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • 2.0 Cumulative GPA,
  • Attending RRCC in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, and
  • US Citizen, Permanent Resident, Eligible Non-Citizen, or DACA.

When does the scholarship application open?
You can begin to work on your scholarship application as soon as November 15, 2017.

When is the scholarship application due by?
All materials must be received by midnight on March 2, 2018.

Is there an essay involved?
Yes. You will need to write a 500-word essay about yourself. The specific prompt is available as part of the scholarship application. We hold over a dozen workshops each spring to help you prepare your essay. Sign-up for workshop notices by texting the phrase RRCCMONEY to 22828.

Why do I need references?
All applicants for RRCC Foundation Scholarships need to submit contact information for one reference who is not a family member. We will contact your reference by email. You can manage your references though the online scholarship system, AcademicWorks by clicking the references tab. The references tab only appears once you have submitted at least one reference. 

How much money could I get?
Scholarships are typically $1,500, but they can go as high as $7,000. 

When can I use the scholarship money?
All awarded scholarships from the spring 2018 application period are for use during the fall 2018 and spring 2019 academic semesters at RRCC.

Where can I use RRCC Foundation Scholarships?
RRCC Foundation Scholarships can only be used for your enrollment as a student at RRCC. RRCC Foundation Scholarship do not travel with you to any other higher education institution.

Does getting a scholarship affect my financial aid at RRCC?
All financial aid (scholarship included) is subject to federal and state rules. At RRCC that means yes, a scholarship could affect your financial aid if your total amount of financial aid for any one school year meets or exceeds your cost of attendance. You’ll know when this happens because the RRCC Financial Aid Office will contact you about it with choices on what you want to do.

Are there scholarships for my major?
There are scholarships for every major.

I want to apply, but I think that I don’t qualify for scholarships. Who would give me a scholarship?
Hold the phone! Why not give it chance? Many students find themselves surprised every year. Feel free to stop by our office if you have any questions about your eligibility.

Scholarship Program Donors

Generous community support makes the following scholarship funds possible. Thank you to all of our donors. For information on starting a scholarship fund, please contact Ron Slinger, AVP for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of The RRCC Foundation, at 303.914.6417.

American Building Supply Foundation Scholarship
Applewood Plumbing and Heating Scholarship
Arvada Elks Community Scholarship
Barber Nichols, Inc. Endowed Scholarship
Bob and Margaret Barber Family Endowed Scholarship
Boundless Opportunity Scholarship
Cheryl A. Burgett Memorial Scholarship
Mildred Campbell Endowed Scholarship
Career Stepping Stone Scholarship
Chief George Goldbach Memorial Scholarship
City of Arvada Scholarship
Collier Family Scholarship - Physician Assistant
Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative
Credit Union of Colorado Foundation
Early Ford V-8 Club in honor of Dennis Vanderhoof
Engineering Graphics Scholarship
Exceptional Learners Scholarship
FirstBank of Colorado Scholarship
Gardner Family Foundation Scholarship - ECE
Thomas Glennon Memorial Scholarship - Fire/EMS
Golden Civic Foundation Scholarship
Tyler Hagaman Memorial Scholarship
Bill & Elaine Hartong Scholarship
Harvey Family Foundation
Hazelrigg Family Endowed Scholarship
Joan L. Hess Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Dorothy Horrell Presidential Scholarship
I Believe I Can Fly Scholarship
I Know You Can Do It Scholarship
Johnson Foundation Financial Aid Program
Kaiser Permanente Challenge Scholarship
Clarence and Rose Keffeler Scholarship
Michelle Keller Memorial Scholarship
Kingdom Enlightenment Foundation Scholarship
Lillian LaFleur Scholarship
Harry & Cris Mathews Family Scholarship
McKee Family Foundation Scholarship
Tom McMahon Memorial Scholarship - Construction
Al & Mindy Meiklejohn Endowed Scholarship
Les & Sue Metzger Scholarship
Elissa Notarianni-Ditto Endowed Scholarship – Math/Science
P.E.O. Sisterhood, GW Chapter
P.E.O. Sisterhood, ES Chapter
Donna Remley Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Cliff Richardson Scholarship
Rolling Hills Country Club Foundation Endowed Scholarship
RRCC Alumni Give Back Scholarship
RRCC Foundation Scholarship
RRCC 40th Anniversary Scholarship
Theodore C. Sandquist Endowed Scholarship
John & YasukoShimizu Endowed Scholarship
Slinger Family Scholarship
The Student Voice Endowed Scholarship
“Swede” Johnson Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Water Quality Management & Treatment Scholarship

Foundation Scholarship Program Policies

Completion of this application does not guarantee a scholarship award. All eligible applications submitted by the deadline will be evaluated on a number of criteria including need and merit. The RRCC Foundation reserves the right to extend the filing period at the discretion of the Executive Director. Final decision-making rights regarding scholarship selections are held by the RRCC Foundation Executive Director. RRCC Foundation scholarships are funded by gifts from private donors and do not include public funds. Institutional scholarships and others awards administered through the RRCC Foundation may include public funds and will have specified additional criteria. A copy of the College's Scholarship Policy can be found online.

Notification of Applicants: Response letters are sent to all applicants regarding award status on or around May 4th. 

Disclaimer: A Red Rocks Community College or Red Rocks Community College Foundation scholarship will only be valid for students enrolled at this college. Red Rocks Community College defines “full-time” enrollment as 12 credit hours per semester. Annual scholarships are defined as fall and spring semesters in the same academic year. Scholarship students who receive need-based financial aid or other additional awards may recognize a reduction to their original financial aid award.

Students receiving scholarships are expected to maintain a RRCC minimum GPA and minimum enrollment. Recipients must fulfill the requirements of the scholarship as listed in the notification letter to fully utilize the award during the academic year. If the scholarship student drops below the minimum GPA during any semester, a discontinuance of the scholarship may result. Additionally, the student may be required to provide reimbursement for current awards issued. 

RRCC Tuition Reimbursement-Eligible Employees: All tuition reimbursement-eligible RRCC employees (Employment Categories: ATP, FAC, CLA, ADJ) should refer to BP3-60, as any scholarship monies you receive will be used prior to your tuition benefit. The RRCC Foundation strongly discourages benefits-eligible employees from applying to this program as their employee benefits will not be used if a scholarship is granted.

Withdrawal Policy: In the event, a scholarship recipient drops or withdraws from a course after it has been paid by a scholarship award, the student may be held financially responsible to the college and/or Foundation for those costs. Additionally, future scholarships disbursements may be rescinded. The RRCC Foundation Executive Director has final decision-making rights regarding rescinding or revoking scholarship awards.

Nondiscrimination Statement: Red Rocks Community College is committed to diversity in its people and programs. The College is an equal opportunity educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of  race, creed, color, sex/gender, sexual orientation gender identity, religion, age, national/ ethnic origin, pregnancy status, veteran’s status, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by applicable law, in its employment practices or educational programs and activities.


To find out about the requirements, deadlines, and various scholarships Red Rocks Community College has to offer visit our AcademicWorks Scholarship Application System. For questions or help regarding RRCC Scholarships contact the Financial Aid office at 303.914.6256; for RRCC Foundation scholarships visit their website or call 303.914.6426; or through email at

RRCC Scholarship Information

  1. To be eligible for RRCC scholarships or awards, students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens and legal Colorado residents.

  2. Apply for admission to Red Rocks Community College.

  3. Applicable scholarship applications are available through the Financial Aid office and the Red Rocks Community College Foundation. Each of these scholarships has different criteria and deadlines, but all are available to qualified RRCC students. Additionally, qualified new and current Red Rocks students may qualify for various forms of financial aid options.

  4. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available in high school career counseling offices (after October 1st of each year) or online at

  5. Call our Financial Aid office 303.914.6256 to clarify any questions and to ensure you have the correct documentation to complete your file. Financial Aid is located in Room 1330 at our Lakewood campus.

  6. Ensure you meet each applicable deadline for scholarships, as deadlines vary, with most applications due each spring. For grants, loans, Colorado Scholars scholarships and work-study deadlines contact our Financial Aid Office. For Student Hourly questions, contact Student Employment Services in Room 1025 or call them at 303.914.6300.

  7. Upon receiving an award, ensure you consistently meet the following criteria:

  • A Red Rocks Community College or Red Rocks Community College Foundation scholarship will only be valid for students enrolled at this college. Red Rocks Community College defines "full-time" enrollment as 12 credit hours per semester. Annual scholarships are defined as fall and spring semesters in the same academic year. Scholarship students who receive need-based financial aid or other additional awards may recognize a reduction to their original scholarship award.

  • Maintain a RRCC minimum grade point average of 2.0, or higher as determined by the type of award offered via the administering department or donor. Any semester in which the scholarship student drops below the minimum grade point average may result in a cancellation of the scholarship, or reimbursement for current awards issued as determined by the administering department. The Financial Aid Office is the initial point of contact for all scholarship questions.

  • Red Rocks Community College does not unlawfully discriminate in its admissions, education programs, activities or employment policies on the basis of race, age, sex, religion, color, national origin or handicap, and is subject to Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended. Red Rocks Community College also complies with the Veterans Readjustment Act of 1973, sections 503 and 504.

Outside Scholarships

Scholarships are free money used to pay for tuition and fees and are awarded to students to further their education. They are awarded on various criteria usually reflecting the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award. Most scholarships have application deadline dates. It is imperative students pay attention to the deadline dates of each scholarship to increase chances of being selected for the aid.

To view various outside scholarships, visit our AcademicWorks Scholarship Application System and select External located under the Opportunities tab. 

Scholarship Search Engines:

Listed below are some of the most common avenues for students at Red Rocks Community College to locate scholarships. When using the internet to search and apply for scholarships, please be mindful of how and who you provide your personal information to. Students searching for money to attend school often times make easy targets for scammers.

Visit the Federal Trade Commission's website on common scholarship scams. While there is legitimate fee based scholarship search engines, any information they contain will be available for free elsewhere. The Financial Aid Office recommends avoiding fee based services. – A free scholarship search engine, students create a login and a profile to search for scholarship applications. We recommend you review any 3rd party privacy policies prior to giving personally identifiable information. – A free scholarship search engine. We recommend you review any 3rd party privacy policy prior to giving personally identifiable information.

Student Aid on the Web– Your source for free info from the U.S. Dept. of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.

Latin American Education Foundations– Online resource for Hispanic students in Colorado.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund – A provider for college financial aid for Latino Students. – A free online search engine for scholarships.

Students can utilize regular search engines to find scholarships by entering common terms they'd expect to see on an application specific to their area of study.

Other Scholarship Resources

  • High school counseling offices
  • Public libraries
  • Place of worship
  • Businesses
  • Professional organizations
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Clubs (VFW, Elks, etc.)
  • Friends and family
  • Student and parents' employers


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *